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♪ >> president obama says the healthcare.gov website is significantly improved. the administration said the site can now handle 50,000 people at once and 800,000 users a day. that's on the could called front end as people browse the site. but the back end is still a work in progress. that's where the real business is as insurance companies and the federal government share info and you finish your purchase. on this edition of inside story we're going give the affordable care act and online exchanges a checkup with the deadlines approaching fast. the obama administration says the ailing website healthcare.gov is on the mend, and close to being cured of the bugs and glitches that had the president himself apologizing. >> what i'm going to do is make sure that we get it fixed. >> this weekend was president obama's sow-imposed deadline to make the site work. the department of health and human services announced a main online artery for americans to buy health insurance is working 90% of the time. more than 400 bugs in the system has been fixed since the launch, and as many as 800,000 u
and will future.o the gwen: is it all too good to be true? >> while the white house wants to claim that healthcare.gov is now working, we know that obamacare is still plagued with problems. gwen: outside washington, detroit is headed into bankruptcy, pensions are disappearing and low wage workers say they're being left out. >> people cannot survive on $8.25 in this country. gwen: and -- we remember nelson mandela. >> there's mr. mandela, mr. nelson mandela, a free man taking his first steps into a new south africa. gwen: covering the week, jackie calmes of the "new york times," michael fletcher of "the washington post," and david wessel of "the wall street journal." >> award-winning reporting and analysis covering history as it happens. live, from our nation's capitol, this is "washington week" with gwen ifill. corporate funding for "washington week" is provided by -- we know inw-up, cyber world, threats are always evolving. we were protecting networks, then we were protecting the transfer of data, today, it's evolved to , finance, and military missions. constantly innovating to advance the front
the benefits of the affordable care act today in the latest bid to move past the rocky rollout of healthcare.gov. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. also ahead, the biggest municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history gets the green light. a judge ruled detroit can shed billions in debt and reduce public pensions while overhauling its finances. >> woodruff: and tensions are rising in asia, where vice president biden voiced support for japan as it feuds with china over islands and airspace. >> we, the united states, are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the east china sea. >> those are just some of the stories we are covering on tonight's pbs news hours. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corp
healthcare law. a reboot of sorts after weeks and weeks of really bad p.r. the president pumped up what he called obamacare successes. he spoke at the white house part of it live here on fox news channel, surrounded by people he says are benefiting from the new law. his aides say it's an effort to move past the problems with the enrollment web site which the feds say they have dramatically improved. the white house says around a million people visited healthcare.gov just yesterday, and if the vast majority did not have any problems. the president says that is proof the law is now working. >> after just the first month, despite all the problems in the roll-out, half a million people across the country are poised to gain healthcare coverage through market places and medicaid beginning on january 1st. some for the very first time. we know that. half a million people. >> and as the president tries to move focus from the web site itself and back to the basic office the healthcare law, republican leaders are doing the same, and attacking the law itself. >> it's not just a broken web site. this b
healthcare site again. he said he will come pain for it until december 23rdrd. >> that's the deadline to sign up for insurance coverage. >>> overseas, vice president joe biden is in asia trying to ease tensions between japan and china. countries are fighting over a group of islands. in tokyo today, biden said the u.s. stands with japan. those are the headlines at this ho hour. i am john siegenthaler seeing. consider th "consider this" with antone i don't mora is next. you can always get the latest news on acceljazeera.com. we will see you at 11:00 o'clock. >> can getting stitches put you in the poor house? medical costs have skyrocketed with sometimes absurd results. $500 per stitch? consider this: how do hospitals get away with it? th will it get better or worse with obamacare? also, an al jazeera exclusive brings new questions to light over iran's influentialing program. plus the energy drink business is exploding with little regulation. we will hear from a doctor whose new study is adding to growing concerns about the drinks' safety. >>> can you live your life paying for everything by onl
, healthcare, o that should offend all of us and it should hell us to action. we are a better country than this. let me repeat. the combined trends of increase inequality and decreasing mobility poses a fundamental threat of our american dream, our way of life. >> here to discuss the inequality and prospect of a minimum wage hike, louis from cornell, do you accept the president's argument that income and equality are jeopardized? in. it's a tremendous difference from the experiences that we had from post-war period. it's the fundamental challenge for our society. not in terms of making sure every american who has a job earns enough to live but for those at the top. all that money piling at the top has nowhere to be invested. this is the challenge, the challenge of investment that doesn't just produce profit for the few but jobs for the many. >> stagnating income. the past 40 years, how does that track with the decline of influence with the labor movement in this country? >> it's exactly the same. we see the decline of unionization rates from the 19 70's on, and it's driven from what the other p
and workable enough to start promoting it. late yesterday it started with a tweet from healthcare.gov twitter account reporting that 750,000 people had visited the site on monday. while it wasn't perfect, it didn't crash, and right now that's good enough to get the sales campaign off the ground. when the president speaks today, you can expect him to turn to a theme we first heard back when they tried to do this the first time in october. >> let me remind everybody that the affordable care act is not just a website. it's much more. >> remember, the president has been pushing the affordable care act for more than three years, as far back as the summer of 2010 touting early provisions of the law and of course he spent a good chunk of 2012 pitching it on campaign trail. it's critical that the administration fix the politics of this, at least to the point where it's manageable for democrats running in 2014. to do that, the white house will have a coordinated campaign to emphasize the different benefits of the affordable care act. between now and december 23rd, the last day you can sign up in order
new figures showing that healthcare.gov is running smoothly. the website will be tested in the next three weeks as americans race to beat the insurance sign-up deadline. al jazeera's mike viqueira has more from washington. >> there is good new and bad news when it comes to the beleaguered website healthcare.gov. a largely lost two months, and now many of problems are fix, and not a moment too soon. some statistics they came out with. on october 1st they set a total of six individuals successfully logged on and enrolled for health insurance under the affordable care act. the error rate was 6%. now as of november 30th - that was the target date, the error rate is less than 1%. now up to 800,000 individuals can log on to the website in any given day - 50,000 at one time. still, many of the problems persist. first, there are questions about security. the data of enrollees, folks that log on, personal information, security on the website not what it should be. now, something else has emerged, a back end problem. two catch phrases, first of all, the back end being injured. they have an 83
, the white house is aggressively reselling the affordable healthcare again. he aimed at explaining why the affordable care act was enacted and why people should be encouraged to sign up. >> right now what that law is doing, yes, you agree with me. right now what this law is doing is helping folks, and we're just getting started with the exchanges. just getting started with the marketplaces. we're not going to walk away from them. if i got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that's what i do. >> the website is still the visible part of obamacare. while it seems to be working better that's only part of the battle. to make the exchanges work the president will need the young and healthy to sign up. if they don't enroll premiums could skyrocket. mike viqueira from the white house, tell us about the strategy of the next three weeks. what is the president trying to accomplish? >> he's trying to refocus attention from the bad on to the good. the white house feels largely that the problems of the website has been fixed. you saw the president in the briefing room some
. the white house said it finally got most of the bugs out of the healthcare website. hundreds of thousands are now trying out that site. record high for cyber monday online business could not be better. but what does it mean for bricks and mortar stores? and brain busters. we'll go to the world memory champion where record breaking recall takes memorization to a whole new level. >> we begin with details in sunday's deadly train crash in new york. the stunning finding so far the speed. authorities say commuter train was traveling 50 mph faster than it should have been when it derailed, and there is more. jonathan martin is on the scene. what's the latest? >> reporter: john, we know a piece of key information, you mentioned the speed. but what we don't know is was this a situation where it was operator error? where the conductor was operating this train too quickly, or was there a mechanical mistake? was there an issue with the braking system? an issue on the track? that's something that ntsb wants to know. but today speed may have caused is derailment, something reported early on by many wi
. this comes from the "washington post" saying errors generated by the healthcare website could mean many people who think they have signed up for obamacare actually have not. that's because the glitchy website is sometimes sending the wrong information to the insurance companies. bill: the white house is still trying to put a happy face on this. >> the president believes the site has been significantly improved. and the teams in place have worked 24/7 to make those improvements including significant improvements that were made over the weekend. but the work is not done. what is the story this time? >> the story here is the percentage. the idea that maybe one in three of people who have completed the enrollment process haven't had their information conveyed to the insurance companies who are supposed to provide the coverage, then the doctors who are supposed to make the determinations as to what's covered and what's paid for. we know about the dpliches for the so-called 834 reports. but the idea one of three could have a problem is a big deal. bill: that's the error rate? >> right. bill:
. >> there is a new report from the washington post that combines all of the healthcare.gov errors and impacted a third of the people signing up. that is raising questioning of whether they will get the coverage they were expecting in the now years. lou, good day to you. we turn to you for the private sector velocitty. >> the insurance companies, what are they receiving on their end? >> the insurance companies basically are the source of these reviews and 834s. and epirollment forms we are not told about and how many people enrolled. we are learning about the insurance companies, a third of the enrollment forms for want of a better expression are flawed in some way, substantially and significantly to the point they are not reliable and the tens of thousands of people who think they enrolled in obama care have not done so. >> when do they find out or do they? >> that is one of the introwing questions. the administration is not acknowledging the dimension of the problem itself. and what they are doing to go back and gather them up. a quarter of a million people were put in a cube because they cou
ideas in. bring them to me and let's go. it's part of a white house strategy to promote healthcare until december 23rd. mike viqueira was there at the president's speech and he joins us to the white house. >> we are not going back, john, that is what president obama said he was talking about the days before the affordable care ability when 41 million americans were uninsured. what the president was trying to do se essentially is saying we e not going back to the last two months. the president's healthcare.gov website where folks go on the individual market place to get insurance has been a disaster. and the president now believes that they have turned -- that is what he was trying to do is get back on offense here. he has nervous democrats and look being ingandlooking at whae gubernatorial race a few weeks ago. and there is the three week window. if you are going to sign up and have it effective by january 1st you have to sign up in three weeks. >> john? this pr campaign is it about obamacare or is it about the president trying to defend himself from his critics? >> it's a interesting qu
-relations healthcare.gov. republicans will continue to law,tigate the health care holding for hearings today on its rollout. the white house is coming under pressure to hold someone under accountable for the failures. republicans, (202) 585-3881. democrats, (202) 585-3880. all others, (202) 585-3882. let me begin with the new york times story this morning, considering which heads may roll for the website. the white house is under mounting pressure from democrats and close allies to hold a accountable person botched rollout of president obama's signature domestic achievement and determine who should be fired. some of those names are familiar to you have have been watching the hearings on capitol hill as some of them have testified about what went wrong with the rollout and to knew what and when there would be problems. we will go outside of washington. we have for the calls inside the beltway. think? you according to the new york times, the president is under mounting pressure from democrats. numbers. the phone you can also post your comments on facebook.com/c-span and tweet us. times,ng to the new
health-care coverage, with millions receiving cancellation notices, and millions more facing premium rate shock, and others left to wonder if their applications on healthcare.gov or even successful. this morning where going to focus on how the health care could be affected by the changes in the president's health care plan. the president's health care law cut over $700 billion from the already struggling medicare program to fund the flawed new entitlement. included in the cuts were over $300 billion in direct and indirect cuts to the medicare advantage program, and many of these cuts start in 2014. medicare's managed care program currently provides coverage for more than 14 million americans, over a quarter of all medicare beneficiaries. these patients choose medicare advantage plans over traditional medicare for a variety of reasons, including improved cost-sharing, enhance benefits, better care coordination, and higher quality of care. millions of americans, especially those with lower incomes, medicare advantage is a better option for delivering their care, and frankly their choice. wh
to this hunger games analogy. what if told you this healthcare games 2, republican senator pat toomey discovered something. the contestants may not be reel because a lot of them are not technically enrolled. explain what is going on here. the difference between getting on the site, logging on and signing up. >> the problems never seem to end. the web site itself is really the least of the problems. but one of the new problems we're discovering is people go to the web site, they now finally manage to get through -- my wife couldn't. >> really. >> yeah. my wife is very sharp. couldn't get through. >> a u.s. senator's wife. >> members of congress are forced under the obamacare, we're losing our existing coverage. >> did you have any special pass code. >> no. it doesn't work for my wife either. so, yeah, believe me, i understand exactly what people are going through because we're going through it. >> what do you want? what did she find when she got -- >> took her information, her data, she gave all our personal information, all our identifying information, and now the system, has and it then when sh
healthcare site has given the obama administration lots of bad press. now the president is focusing on the rest of the affordable care act. we have the latest from the white house. >>> also amazing the man who spent three days trapped i in a sunken ship 100 feet below the ocean next. tÑ >> we have breaking. the pentagon has temporarily stopped using a route to send cargo into afghanistan. officials saying there are other routes to more cargo into and out of afghanistan. >>> detroit is bankrupt. a judge cleared the way today for what is now the largest municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history. the city is $18 billion in debt. it could mean severe cuts for retired city workers who relied on pensions. >>> french scientists have thrown a new twist in the yasser arafat story. forensic team reported that the palestinian leader did not die from radioactive poisoning. the report contra-ducts an earlier report from a swiss team, who claims that it was due to a political assassination. >>> the engineer involved in the new york train derailment found himself nodding before the train jumped the tr
. >> the white house says healthcare.gov is running smoothly. now it faces a new test - a rush to sign up before this month's deadline. >> blast off - china's first mission to the moon. the jade rabbit gets ready to explore. >> welcome to al jazeera america. thank you so much for joining us. i'm morgan radford live from new york city. >> crews are working to clear the scene of a fatal train derailment in new york city. a southbound commuter train went off the tracks in the bronx as it headed into manhattan. at least four are dead. 63 more were injured much had those 11 are in critical continue. al jazeera's kilmeny duchardt has more from the bronx. >> firefighters, police, crews and the m.t.s.b. continue to work through the night, checking the tracks, cars, mechanical equipment, to try to figure out what went wrong. >> the halliday weekend ended in tragedy and chaos for those on board this train in northern new york city. the crash happened sunday morning. >> we have recovered the event recorder. we have downloaded the data. we've not had a chance to analyse or verify it. >> officials say the tr
. the healthcare.gov, in virginia, they rely on the federal government there's a short wait. in maryland where they have their own website, where i live i still couldn't get on again that's a state run website. 90% functionality they say that they have. it's really all anecdotal at this point. the white house, the administration is making claims you better believe that the opponents, namely republicans and others are going to be scouring the country side who are still having problems. meanwhile the administration will be touting all the successes. december 23rd, if you don't sign up by then, you will not be insured by the first of the year. >> how many problems have come from user inexperience as opposed to functions on the back end? >> two problems have been looming, number one, security on the website, a lot of personal information that is inputted by would be users. a lot of experts say that that's not secure. that information. and the second question is one that's emerging now as a larger concern, so-called back end users, that would be the insurers, are not getting the right information.
the healthcare.gov website. the administration promised all would be well in november. we will gather to the white house with more details, mike, this was a big deadline for the administration. are all the problems with the website solved? >> reporter: they aren't all solved but they say its like night and day after that disastrous launch of octobe october 1st. they cite certain benchmarks, certain metrics, error rates down to 1%. they were 6% at the outset of this debacle in the estimation of administration officials. as many as 800,000 a day and they achieved 90% functionality. you recall that by the end of last month, november 31st they had promised an 80% functionality. by their own estimation they have exceeded that. but that's by their own estimation. for the time being we'll have to take their word for it. it's all a anecdotal at this point. there are questions about the website's security when people are entering sensitive personal information and data, and about insurers on the back end, are they getting the correct information to bill customers who are successful in enrollin
monday that created speed bumps for healthcare.gov. that website had 375,000 visitors before noon. this is after the obama administration said they fixed bugs on the website. they have been issues and sometimes fail to deliver information to being current company. least four more oversight hearings on obamacare later this week. let's talk about sports news. the nationals are hard at work in the off-season. how much will the deal cost them? >> it is big news. it is a good deal for the nationals. i can tell you that the manager, matt williams, the new manager is very excited tonight. -- gio gonzalez and jordan zimmerman. they made a trade to get doug pfister. city and to the motor pfister is 29 years old. he finished 14-9 with 159 strikeouts. in 2012, he set an american league record in kansas city. the staff page detroit into the world series. doug pfister is a battle tested playoff picture. it will be fun to watch. they get pfister from the detroit tigers. >> fun to watch right now. >> see you in a bit. the silver line. we will tell you why they will not make a february launch dat
publicity about the healthcare site president obama ask the people to ignore the republicans root are to the affordable care act to fail. >> i always said i would work with anyone to implement this law. if you have good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we are not repealing it as long as i'm president. [ clapping ] >> >> the president's speech kicked off the administration's three week inspirational campaign about healthcare reform, sign up for individuals who want coverage next year, is the 23rd. >>> hello, we are looking at dangerous conditions on the road in terms of the northern plains and the border states. look at the know on the radar summary. this is causing a problem because it's accumulating as well as the visibilities are coming down. across the north-west we don't expect the snow it linger. we did a snow earlier. that was across washington, down to nevada, fading out. our focus will be over here towards the east over the next day. still cool across parts of seattle. not a lot of rain or snow. it's the cooler temperatures going below freezing every night. looks lik
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the rails. investigators now want to know if it was going too fast. the white house says healthcare.gov is finally running more smoothly but now it faces a new test, last-minute users scramble to make this month's deadline. and the prime minister goes into hiding after antiprotesters storm the building. building a business in a bankrupt city. detroit opens its very first distillery in 100 years. ♪ good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, i'm morgan live from new york. this morning 26,000 commuters in new york city suburbs have to find another way to get to work. this after a train derailed yesterday just outside of manhattan. the accident left four dead and dozens injured and ntsb investigators have now recovered the train's data recorder and trying to determine exactly what caused the crash. >> our mission is to understand not just what happened but why it happened with the intent of preventing it from happening again. >> reporter: the train jumped the tracks just as it was getting ready to leave the bronx and cross into manhattan and 7 cars derailed with the lead car fee
. >>> now to what the white house hopes is it's new and improved healthcare website. it is underway with major fixes in place. there are only three weeks to go before the deadline to enroll. mike viqueira has more from washington. >> there is good news and there is bad news when it comes to the beleaguered healthcare website from october 1st to november 30th, a largely lost two months and now they say they have many of the problems fixed and not a moment too soon. some statistics and metrics they have come out with. remember in october 1st of the, they said a total of six, six individuals were able to successfully log onto healthcare.gov and enroll for health insurance understand the affordable care act. the error rate was at 6%. >> that's considered to be enormous. now, as much november 30th, that was their target date, the end of november. they say the error rate is less than 1%. they say now up to 800,000 individuals can log on to the website in any given day. 50,000 at one time, still, many of the problems persist. first, there are questions about security. the data of enrollees
the headlines and everything going wrong in healthcare. but sometimes we forget that there are some things that actually are going okay. there are things this committee and previous congresses have worked on, and that's one of the things we are going to be discussing this morning. sometimes we are so busy triaged and that we don't allow ourselves the luxury of things working as intended. my opinion is medicare advantage is working, and it's important to hold hearings like this to learn from those successes and see where we can build upon those successes and where the potential threats that are undermining the benefits and services that now over 25% of seniors are experiencing and how those might be threatened. medicare advantage allows integrated care coordination to community font to bring in for medicare. athe plans are lower in cost. they are bringing management to the care coordination to patients lives and encouraging wellness activities and actually using physicians to the maximum ability of their license rather than always referring to a specialist. there are those conditions that c
, robert, if you were behind the podium today, what would you be saying about healthcare.gov? >> i think what they have said yesterday and clearly with the president being out there today, there is a subtle message that the website is functioning in a much better place because they understand that if they do an event that draws attention to health care and the website that traffic will greatly increase. so they clearly are demonstrating with today's events the necessity, i think, of today's events the digital architecture of healthcare.gov is greatly improved because they have confidence they can talk about the website and it won't crash. >> but zeke, what about the possible pitfalls down the road? should they be seriously worried? the lead story in the "washington post" is that there are enrollment errors people don't even know about and this starting january 1st when they think they are going to get health care could become a problem if they don't have insurance they think they have enrolled in. >> well, i think getting those so-called 834 forms from the website to the insurers and get
healthcare.gov is turning the corner and benefits are kicking in. as he unveiled yet another sales pitch that republicans are still just not buying. >> while the white house wants to claim that healthcare.gov is now working, we know that obama care is still plagued with problems. and every american deserves relief from it. >> reporter: relief is also needed for congressional democrats who are nervously watching their poll numbers sink ahead of 2014 while the president's own approval ratings plummet. so he launched a new political campaign to call republicans out for not offering an alternative to a law that he vowed will not be torn down. >> you've got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want everybody to be clear about that. >> reporter: with his em battled health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius and senior adviser valerie jarrett looking on he declared this is his top priority. >> if i have to fight another three years to make sure this law works that's what we'll de. >> there are millions more who stand to be hel
the basics in life, to have access to a good-paying job, affordable housing, affectable healthcare children. >> so the president did the talk about income inequality and trying to raise that. look. it's going to be different in different places and at some level, can we depend upon the federal government to make that kind of change or is it going to be a case by case community? are we going to create a patchwork of what a minimum wage can be? >> i think it is going to be by community, by the jurisdiction, by city boy city because east city has a different cost of living. here in the district of columbia, it's extremely costly to live in the nation's capitol. wages are somewhere around $35 per hour. so even at $11 and $0.50 per hour, that's less than $25,000 a year. so you would need to have another person join with you just to get to a 50,000 dollar household to be able to go out and try to find affected alan affordable housing? >> some say this tends to dampen employment and you have to increase wages to workers, you might higher fewer people. >> that isn't true. the d.c. chamber represent
sticker shock from higher premiums, it's the high-popping deductibles in the healthcare law. talk about 5,000 more for individuals and 10,000 buck for couples. we're going to hear what home depot founder thinks of this at the bottom of the first. first to byron york on this sudden sticker shock that is shocking a lot of folks because they didn't expect it. what are we seeing? >> it's really quite a shock to a lot of people. all the talk we have had up until now has been about premiums that people pavement president claimed obamacare would save the family $2,500 a year he was talking about premiums. that didn't happen. and now we're fining that people are getting into really high deductibles, $5,000, $10,000, $12,000 for a couple, and when that happens, if you're a couple and you have to pay a $10,000 deductible and you don't have a big health crisis during a year, you're paying for all of your healthcare costs under obamacare, and people are saying, wait a minute. this is not what we thought would happen. >> what is interesting -- you're quite right, we have been focusing on what's my pre
and healthcare.gov headaches, president obama is renewing the push for his signature health care law. and this white house knows, they have no time to waste. to promote the law and boost enrollment, the administration will hold an event every single day from now until december 23rd, the deadline to enroll and get insurance for the new year. and it all started this afternoon, with the president himself, who said we are not going back. >> and that seems to be the only alternative that obama care's critics have, is let's go back to the status quo, because they sure haven't presented an alternative. you've got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> no, we're not going to repeal the law. and, in fact, the real ballots may have just begun. >> if i've got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, that's what i'll do. what's important for everybody to remember is, not only that the law has already helped millions of people, but that there are millions more who stand to be helped. and we've got to make sure they know tha
. >>> the white house says a million people visited healthcare.gov yesterday. a scenario that was unthinkable a few weeks ago. >> the president has been careful not to declare this a victory but kept his promise, an operational website by december 1st. in tonight's "reality check" nbc bay area's sam brock examines whether that statement is really true. it's december 3rd, sam. >> raj, jessica, time is up. it's important to note, though, things are running fine in california. we have our own exchange here. healthcare.gov used in 36 other states had well-documented problems. now, looks like the front-end issues have been resolved. people can largely access and use the site. what good does that do if on the back end insurance companies can't get accurate information? your information. are the technical glitches on healthcare.gov fixed? president obama says a month of troubleshooting from experts has improved the site's functionality. >> it's working better now and it's just going to keep on working better over time. >> reporter: the white house claims 50,000 users at a time, and 800,000 per day c
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is hosting a youth summit this afternoon. the administration says healthcare.gov is vastly improved, now working more than 90% of the time and able to support at least 800,000 users per day. on monday, as we've been reporting, the site had a million visitors. but even with these improvements, what are the chances the administration reaches its goal of seven million americans enrolled by the end of march? take a look at the math. in october, 27,000 americans signed up on the federal exchange. in the month of november, 100,000 people. even if, let's say, they quadruple november's numbers in december, that's another 400,000 enrollments. so under that scenario, less than a million people will have enrolled in the first three months, leaving only three months left to get to the goal of seven million. i want to bring in "washington post" columnist and msnbc policy annual list ezra klein from whom we steal these kinds of numbers. ezra, good morning. >> good morning. >> what are the chances realistically healthcare.gov hits the seven million enrollment goal? >> seven million it won't. this gets
repair to healthcare. now that we're expecting, i like the fact i can go onto angie's list and look for pediatricians. the service providers that i've found on angie's list actually have blown me away. find out why more than two million members count on angie's list. angie's list -- reviews you can trust. i have a big meeting when we land, but i am so stuffed up, i can't rest. [ male announcer ] nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't unstuff your nose. they don't? alka seltzer plus night fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a decongestant. [ inhales deeply ] oh. what a relief it is. >>> mystery diner leaving a $1,000 tip at an la restaurant. >> wow. nice for them to see someone leaving a large amount for them to split that night. it happened four or five times. they left $54,000 across the united states since he or she came on the scene back in september. if you know who it is. let me know. >> a lot of folks are fired up. >> it will be in explickable if somebody involved in the creation of the website doesn't get fired. >> when it comes to making the affordable care act work for
very much. today the president asked for a second chance for healthcare.gov. on the first day of his new campaign, president obama said the health insurance web site is now working for the vast majority of users. republicans still want to rollback obamacare but to that mr. obama said this:. >> i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> pelley: the white house told us today that 650,000 americans visited the web site today alone. the administration says there were one million visits yesterday. manuel bojorquez tells us many of the people visiting the site are having a much more positive experience than earlier users did. >> come on, guys. >> reporter: moksha efsea, a pet sitter in fort worth, texas, said he had no problem enrolling in healthcare.gov, a big difference from two months ago. >> i'm a dog walker, it's a difference between a cooperative thing and a friendly dog wagging their tail and one trying to bite me. >> reporter: because he has panic att
that healthcare.gov is working better than ever. he is launching a three week campaign saying the website is vastly improved and that oeb care is here to stay. that reassurance comes as the president is under renewed pressure to hold people accountable for the botched rollout. >> do not let the initial problems with the website discourage you. because it's working better now and it's going to just keep on working better over time. every day i check to make sure that it is working better. >> he's been logging in. >> a treasury department watchdog is noted potential problems come tax season. the inspector general for tax administration says existing irs systems do not have the capability to detect fraud when it comes to the subsidies to help people buy insurance in the form of tax credits. the administration officials say the irs aggressively safeguards the systems to combat any fraud and as the affordable care act is no exception. >>> the result of paul walker's autopsy are expected to be released today. he and his friend were killed in a fiery and tragic car crash saturday just moments af
healthcare law. these are live pictures from the hearing. many people struggled to sign up for insurance following the launch of the national website in october. but the white house says problems with the site have been fixed and millions of people are expected to sign up for coverage in coming weeks. >>> just as president obama begins a three-week public relations campaign for the new healthcare law, another lawsuit was filed against the affordable care act. the university of notre dame filed a religious challenge to the healthcare overhall, saying the -- overhaul, saying the requirement that the health plans cover birth control violates roman teachings. this is one of more than 80 lawsuits attacking the law on religious grounds. it will be the supreme court who decides if employers can refuse to offer benefits under the law. but that ruling is not expected into well next year. >>> some legal experts say people hear in california should pay close attention to the provisions of the bankruptcy protection just granted for the city of detroit. the judge in that case ruled that detroit can i
insurance right now. also pushing back by noting about a million people visiting healthcare.gov, they did not have any major crashes, there were issues of people waiting and whatnot, they are now turning the corner, but republicans are now saying there is too much focus on fixing the website, not enough on the substance of dealing with canceled policies and the like. take a listen. >> they are married for this political time when politics is mired in the website alone what you think of when it gets working. i think that is a serious mistake. no business would do this. >> the endgame is the most effective website that we can build, but a system by which all those millions of americans who are clearly interested in enrolling and purchasing quality affordable health insurance are able to do so. >> and that is what we expect dick picture from the president after 2:00 p.m. eastern today at the white house when he makes these remarks is to get beyond the problems with the website which have been so negative trying to tout the actual benefit of the law. officials suggesting the pr blitz will go
received help dealing with the healthcare.gov website over the past two months. >> if you have someone sitting with you and try to navigate and you keep getting kicked off, getting back on is difficult. >> former record company executives like bidy and dunn who run the health alliance feels it is worth the temporary frustrations of the affordable care roll out. >> a lot of it is education. they don't understand what it is and are afraid to go through the process. >> for andy peak the partial government shutdown created confusion and fear about the affordable care act. >> i didn't want to punch the bottom and sign up to pay $280-$300, adding it to my meagre month to month income. >> as the dust settles counselling from the music heath alliance allowed him to take a look and sign up. he'll pay around $150 a month. and for a career musician, that could allow him to pursue his passion of performing for the rest of his life. >>> the administration says healthcare.gov is functional for 80% of users. >>> let's get a look at the morning business headlines. european and u.s. banks are expected
as they are with the healthcare.gov rollout, they know the system is broken and also start being to hear the cost of health care is coming down. there's going to be a difference in terms of how the -- is it going down or going up? that's how americans will perceive it. but they know that these bumps were our fault and we've got to implement it and they'll come to their own conclusion whether this was better or worse than what they had. they can see through the boehner kind of argument that nothing is better than something. >> congressman, everybody believes obama care will be a center piece argument within the 2014 election. sort of a moving target. we don't know what it will signature fi because it's improving in some ways and arguments against it keep changing. if one of your colleagues, if a house dem came to you and said, what should i do here? should i run on obama care or kind of hide and move away from it, what would your advice? >> we own it but we have to be all in on improving it. i have a contrarian view, the american people know the health care debate is over, that we've got to make this work. the r
wants to enforce. and changes he wants to make to healthcare. what does that mean if america can't stop sit. >> what does america look like we have executive upon executive who build upon this continual stretching of the constitutional restraints and article one. >> i have great trepidation where we are heading. we are creating a new system. we have this rising fourth branch in a system that is tripartid. in that system you have the rise of an uber president. there could be no greater danger for individual liberty. i think the framers would be horrified by that shift. >> if the people come to believe the government is no longer constrained by the laws, they will believe neither are they. this is a dangerous thing for the president to do to impose obligation on people that the legislature did not approve. martha: powerful testimony in there yesterday. i'm joined by bob goodlatte, the chairman of the house judiciary committee that held that hearing yesterday. give everybody at home the background as to why you felt it necessary to have this hearing in the first place. >> i think the publi
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the healthcare.gov website is significantly improved. the administration said the site can now handle 50,000 people at once and 800,000 users a day. that's on the could called front end as people browse the site. but the back end is still a work in progress. that's where the real business
. >>> president obama trying to generate support for the revamped rollout of the trouble plagued healthcare.gov website saying the site is working well and warning critics that he will fight efforts to repeal the affordable care act. >> this law is working, and will work into the future. people want the financial stability of health insurance, and we're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up in any startup, any launch of a project this big that has an impact on 1/6th of our economy. whatever comes up, we're going to just fix it. >> administration released a new report showing that through that website nearly 1.5 million americans have now been found eligible for medicaid and that was during the month of october. >> still ahead on "nightly business report", we'll tell you about the company many are calling the big winner of black friday and cyber monday. >>> more numbers coming in for consumer spending over the long thanksgiving and black friday weekend. shopper track a provider of retail an lit ticks reports that sales rose 1% at brick and mortar stores during the four da
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